Cigar Aficionado

601 Box Press Maduro Toro
54 54
Tasting Note
This is the first time a 601 cigar has appeared on our Top 25 list. The brand comes from United Tobacco, a small company founded in 2003 by old friends Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega. The two came to the cigar industry by different routes: Ortega became enamored with cigars while delivering them via UPS in Miami; Espinosa married (and later divorced) a cigarmaker's daughter. In August 2003 they formed their own cigar company, and after an unsuccessful start they found their way by having cigars made for them by José "Pepin" Garcia. While their brands remain small in quantity they have scored very well in Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider blind tastings, starting with scores in the high 80s and now with scores in the 90s. The 601 Box Press Maduro Toro is beautiful, with Garcia's trademark triple-seam cap construction. It's a smoke that has heavy, chewy, complex flavors loaded with notes of dark-roasted coffee, nuts and sweet cocoa. In short, the 601 Box Press Maduro Toro is both gorgeous and delicious.
Body Full
Size Corona Gorda
Ring Gauge 54
Length 6 1/4"
Filler Nicaragua
Binder Nicaragua
Wrapper Nicaragua
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Jan 01, 2010
Price $9.30
Designation Top 25 of 2009 | Rank: 6
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2011 | Score: 91

This, dark, box-pressed cigar shows exemplary construction though the draw is a bit firm. The smoke is very nutty with a cashew character. Meaty leather flavors then turn sweet with a cocoa finish. Complex and tasty.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2009 | Score: 91

A thick, box-pressed cigar with a triple seam cap and dark, clean wrapper. The draw layers the palate with a substantial, chewy, complex smoke full of dark-roasted espresso bean flavors, touches of almond and caramelized cocoa notes on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 07, 2007 | Score: 87

This cigar burns unevenly. It is an earthy smoke with some dark fruit and toasted wood notes verging on burnt. The finish is full bodied.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale